J. M. W. Turner and the Romantic Vision of the Holy Land and the Bible
October 8–December 15, 1996
The most comprehensive exhibition of Turner's works of the Holy Land and the Bible, this exhibition comprises approximately seventy works, including paintings, watercolors, and engravings by the English Romantic artist J. M. W. Turner, preliminary drawings by Sir Charles Barry from which Turner worked, and photographs of the sites in the Holy Land as they are today. The renowned scholar of Romantic painting, Professor Mordechai Omer, Director of the Tel Aviv Museum, will serve as curator of the exhibition. He selected the works and wrote a scholarly catalogue focusing on Turner's sources and Romantic adaptations of the sites and topography and on the Holy Land as an extension of the European Grand Tour in the nineteenth century.
In addition to its scholarly mission, the exhibition aims to foster a spirit of ecumenism and positive dialogue among Christians, Muslims, and Jews. To this end, Prince Ali Bin Nayef and Princess Wijdan Ali of Jordan, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel, and His Eminence Bernard Cardinal Law, Archbishop of Boston, have agreed to be the exhibition's honorary patrons. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of symposia open to the public focusing on the Holy Land, and especially Jerusalem, as a center of art, religion and commerce for Christians, Muslims and Jews, and films focusing on the relationship among Christians, Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem.
The high quality on which the success of the exhibition depended was assured by loans promised from several institutions, including the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and the Indianapolis Museum.